2013 – 3rd Grade National 3rd Place Winner

Cameron Phillips, Ohio.

Which is more powerful, love or hate?

I think hate is stronger than love because hate can wrap around you like a poisonous snake. The poison slowly kills you until it's too late and can lead to death. Examples of this can come from books or real life situations.

In the play Romeo and Juliet both of their families hate each other. But, Romeo and Juliet love each other. However, they can't be together because of their families' hatred of each other. The only way Romeo and Juliet can be together is in death. So Romeo drinks poison and Juliet stabs herself. This makes their families' hatred more powerful than their love.

In the book Moby-Dick, Captain Ahab is seeking revenge on the white whale because the whale took off one of his legs. His hatred for Moby-Dick made him always in a grumpy mood. It ripped his love away so that he could not love his wife and son. It took away his happiness so he didn't have any friends or people willing to talk with him. He wouldn't even listen to anyone including his first mate Starbuck. Starbuck tried to tell him to stop following the white whale. But Ahab doesn't listen to him and his hatred for Moby-Dick not only leads to his death but to the death of all but one of his crew. These are his last words before dying that really shows his hatred: "To the last I grapple with thee. From hells heart I stab at thee. For hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee."

In real life we can see an example of hatred. Let's talk about war. We have two different sides of people who believe something different. And because each side believes something different they hate each other. One side or another will pull a trigger or fire a missile (etc., etc.) just because of that hatred. The result is people dying:

Because of the examples given, it is my conclusion that hate is stronger than love.


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